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]Older People, Befriending
Our volunteers visit the people we help, who may have a wide range of needs, in their own homes, to carry out in-depth interviews. They then send our Head Office team of Benevolence Secretaries (caseworkers) a full report on the visit, so that the person's situation can be assessed, and appropriate financial assistance and other guidance can be given. You will be using your listening skills and experience, and will need your own transport and basic IT skills.
/ Required to use own vehicle
/ Required to use own vehicle insurance
Premises type: At the person's own home and at the volutneer's home
Is this role flexible? The visits are arranged by agreement between the volunteer and the person being visited.
Min hours expected per week: 0 hours
Min period of commitment:
Requirements: Communication and listening skills, insight to look beyond the information provided to further needs, experience of people from a wide range of backgrounds, organisational and reporting skills, and ability to travel.
/ Induction/ Social events/meetings
Volunteers will be carrying out the activities:
We provide guidance at induction and training, and have working alone policies.
Training provided: Our training (or as we call them, briefing) sessions are tailored to the groups present and include sections on listening skills, confidentiality, data protection, safety, form-filling and report writing.
Age requirements: 25 - 85
/ Application form/ Informal discussion/ References
Selection details: Our induction and briefing sessions act as a mutual assessment, in order to confirm suitability of the role for the volunteer, and the suitability of the volunteer for the role.
"Out of pocket" expenses refunded for the following:
/ Transport/ Food allowance/ Care costs
People unsuitable for this opportunity:
Substance abuse, people with literacy difficulties.